Koetsu USA Chario Academy Serendipity Speaker
Koetsu USA introduced
into the U.S. market the Chario Academy Serendipity Speaker, which we'd have to
say is one of the more beautiful products we witnessed at the Venetian during
the 2009 CES Expo. The Italian-built Academy Serendipity Speaker is the top
speaker in Chario’s flagship Academy line and brings together five outstanding
drivers in a powerful floorstanding system housed in a beautifully carpentered,
gorgeous cabinet constructed of thick, solid Cherry or Walnut.
The Academy Serendipity uses a Vertical Reversed Driver Array combining
speakers with different frequency bandwidths, different gain levels and
different group delays. They claim it generates some cross-talk signals that
widen the soundstage while retaining localization cues in listeners' ears. To
us it just looked like it was built partially upside down, with the tweeter on
bottom and largest mid-woofer up top. Maybe you are supposed to listen to them while sitting on pillows? We're not sure.
The Serendipity is rated for 400 Watts into 4 Ohms, and housed in an elegant
two-segment, 63.4-inch high cabinet handsomely finished in solid walnut or
cherry and HDF. The lower section contains two 12.6-inch (320mm) subwoofers,
while and the upper section contains one 6.7-inch (170mm) and one 5.1-inch
(130mm) woofer, one 5.1-inch (130mm) midrange, and one 1.3-inch (32mm)
Silversoft tweeter. Four proprietary, cylindrical elastomer puffers, designed
to fit into special machined recesses, dampen vibrations by dissipating
mechanical energy separate the sections.
The Chario Serendipity Speaker is available now at a suggested price of
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